Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Jesse Lane Lee, of Jesse Lane Wellness, is one of the most fabulous people I know! We met at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition, where we were studying to become Holistic Nutritionists (CNP). Jesse is kind, authentic, funny, super positive and one of the hardest workers I know. It is always a joy to be in her company.
Jesse has created the awesome cookbook “Healthy Dairy Free Desserts” which, I guarantee, will please everyone!!!
For only $7.99, you receive:
- Over 30 unique dairy free dessert recipes created by Holistic Nutritionists
- A delicious cookbook with colorful, vibrant pictures for every recipe
- Tips on when to enjoy dessert
- Guide to sugar alternatives – what they are and how to use them
- Guide to healthy baking substitutes
- 49 full-colour pages of deliciousness
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jesse about her new cookbook! And at the end of the interview is the recipe for her Chocolate Avocado Pudding (see pic above!!!) Deeeeelicious! YUM YUM YUM! And p.s. …. you can eat it for breakfast too!
Jesse, I see that before you became a Holistic Nutritionist (CNP), you were an Engineer (BSc) working with the Ministry of Transportation. What took you on this path of wellness?
Yes, I worked as an engineer for 7 years! But I have struggled with IBS and food allergies on and off for most of my life, starting when I was a baby. I knew something had to change when the IBS symptoms I was experiencing kicked into high gear while I was studying Engineering at Queen’s University. I started my healing journey by visiting a holistic practitioner who gave me the guidance I needed to heal my leaky gut. As I gathered momentum, I became really excited about cooking healthy food and I started to play in the kitchen. I had so much fun creating allergen-free recipes and I really wanted to share them, so I started blogging. I had also experienced the incredible healing power of food first hand, so I enrolled at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition to learn more.
What made you decide to create your first cookbook, Healthy Dairy Free Desserts?
I’m a recovering sugar-a-holic, so I knew the first cookbook in the series had to be about desserts! One of the sources of my digestive upset was Candida which forced me to decrease my sugar intake and start experimenting with alternative sweeteners. I just love giving people my desserts and seeing their reaction when they find out that they just raved about a healthy dessert!
I love your tagline “Do you want to have your cake and eat it too?” What do you mean by this?
The old says is ” You can’t have your cake and eat it too” which means you can’t have it all. With this cookbook, I show you that you can, in fact, have it all! You can enjoy eating dessert (cake) without compromising your health or diet.
Do the recipes in your cookbook contain ingredients that are easily found at grocery stores or health stores?
Yes! I had a team of 30 recipe testers from across North America testing the recipes to make sure that they taste awesome and to make sure they could easily find the ingredients. I tried to use ingredients that can be found at a regular grocery store, but every now and then you may need to run to the health food store for something like whole leaf stevia or carob.
I just love that you have a picture for each recipe, and p.s. the pictures in the cookbook are gorgeous! Were you the photographer?
We eat with our eyes first, so I knew big vibrant pictures were really important to have in my cookbook. I’m so happy you like the photography, I actually took all of the pictures myself! I am a self-taught food photographer and have been working on my photography for 5 years. I love being creative and capturing images that make your mouth water.
I see in some recipes you use cacao and others you use carob. What is the difference between the two and why the choice of one and not the other in the recipes?
Great question! I’m actually allergic to cacao/chocolate (gasp!) so I love using carob in my recipes. Carob is a legume that comes from a tree native to the Mediterranean, the seed pods are commonly ground to make a sweet dark powder that has caramel and earthy undertones. Compared to cacao/chocolate, carob is three times richer in calcium and it contains higher amounts of fibre. It is also caffeine free so you can enjoy my carob desserts in the evening without the worry that they will keep you up all night.
What makes sweeteners such as pure maple syrup or coconut sugar superior to refined white sugar?
I love this question, it is something I answer in detail in Healthy Dairy Free Desserts. In short, white sugar is completely void of nutrients, essentially making it an anti-nutrient. Sweeteners like pure maple syrup and coconut sugar are much less processed so they still contain nutrients.
Along with creating cookbooks, what else do you offer through Jesse Lane Wellness?
I offer one-on-one Holistic Nutrition Consultation via Skype. My mission is to guide my clients through their healing journey to successfully overcome health imbalances. I’m also working on more cookbooks and I have a really exciting project in the works that I will be announcing really soon!!!
Now here’s Jesse’s recipe for … CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING!!!!!
Chocolate avocado pudding is a thick and creamy dessert that tastes indulgent, but it is actually healthy. It tastes just like instant chocolate pudding – in a good way – you would never guess the main ingredient is avocado! In addition to being a rich pudding, it can also be enjoyed as a delicious fruit or berry dip or used as icing.
Prep time: 2 minutes Serving size: 3
- 1 avocado
- 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp milk alternative
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor
- Blend well until smooth
JESSE LANE’S BIO
Jesse Lane Lee, BSc, CNP is a cheerful Holistic Nutritionist, motivating speaker, cookbook author and wellness writer. She is founder of Jesse Lane Wellness, a web based holistic nutrition practice and holistic recipe resource. Jesse Lane is a recovering sugar-a-holic. After suffering from candida, she started eating homemade sweets that were made with alternative sweeteners. Jesse Lane had so much fun creating healthy dairy free dessert recipes, she started writing them down so she could share them with you in her cookbook. She is author of Jesse Lane Wellness Cookbook: Healthy Dairy Free Desserts and has contributed to Kris Carr, Mind Body Green, Get Naked in the Kitchen: Healthy Recipes That Are Proud To Bare It All.
You can also find Jesse’s video’s on Youtube